France beat Croatia to win Russian Federation 2018

Fifa Name Referee For France-Croatia World Cup Final

He has displayed his best qualities at this World Cup, despite playing in a midfield duo alongside N'Golo Kanté, dispelling the myth that he has to play ina midfield trio in order to excell. "I'm very proud of this team".

Lucas Hernandez tore down the left to set up Mbappe who drilled a low shot beyond keeper Danijel Subasic for the 19-year-old's fourth goal of the tournament.

"This is not about me, it's about everyone around me and the players", Deschamps said having been carried shoulder-high by them during a post-match downpour. As thunder boomed and lightning cracked, Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino handed France captain Hugo Lloris the gold-and-malachite World Cup trophy.

Most consider France to be the favorite for the match at the Luzhniki Stadium, just like two years ago when the country's national team faced Portugal in the European Championship final at home. Macron was in a visibly jubilant mood as France stormed to a 4-2 win over a spirited Croatian team.

Mbappe is just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, joining Pele.

But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half. His right-footed shot was blocked but he coolly curved the rebound in with his left. A major boost for France in the first half was an unexpected own goal by Mario Mandzukic, which gave them an immediate lead, followed by a penalty that, where they scored again.

The football that Croatia had played to get to the final led to their demise as their exhausted legs couldn't pull them across the line.

Fifa Name Referee For France-Croatia World Cup Final

After easily qualifying through Group D, including a 3-0 demolition of Argentina, Croatia's path to the final has been much more fraught.

Griezmann won a soft free-kick wide on the right and his delivery into the area was flicked into his own net by the unfortunate Mandzukic.

Croatia, whose previous best was a third-place finish at the 1998 World Cup, have advanced to the final for the first time in their history.

He joined Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer, who capatained West Germany. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998. The normally staid coach did a few skipping dance steps in the rain before stopping and laughing at himself.

In the end, Croatia did all the running but France did more of the scoring.

France fans let off flares as they celebrate in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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